The Biden administration is reportedly using taxpayer money to pay lawyers to defend them from upcoming GOP investigations, including one into President Joe Biden’s crack-smoking son Hunter.
In May, the administration spent $265,000 to hire two men, one of them an attorney, to help defend the administration from prospective Republican investigations.
“The White House has hired Richard Sauber to assist in the Biden administration’s response to potential future investigations should Republicans win back majorities in Congress in the midterm elections,” CNN reported at the time.
“Sauber, currently the top lawyer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, is expected to begin at the White House in the next few weeks with the title ‘special counsel to the president,'” CNN added.
The other hire was Ian Sams, who previously worked on then-presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ campaign but now serves as Sauber’s spokesperson.
The White House has hired Richard Sauber to assist in the Biden administration’s response to potential future investigations. https://t.co/NBefohU78h
— CNN (@CNN) May 15, 2022
White House records available for review here show that Sauber and Sams are slated to earn $155,000 and $110,000, respectively, this year.
This is all relevant now because, one, Republicans are poised to retake the House, and because, two, once they do, they intend to launch a myriad of investigations, according to a recent report filed by The Washington Post.
Specifically, they intend to investigate “Hunter’s business dealings and art sales, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the Biden administration’s military withdrawal from Afghanistan, the origins of the novel coronavirus, coronavirus-related school closures, the administration’s deliberations over weapons sales to Ukraine, and the spending of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, [riot].”
And so discovering that the Biden administration has allegedly forked out nearly $300,000 to hire a team to defend both the White House and probably the president’s crack-smoking son as well has not sat well with congressional Republicans.
“Americans deserve transparency from President Biden about his family’s suspicious business dealings. But instead of providing transparency, the White House is hiring staff at the American taxpayers’ expense to stonewall congressional oversight and accountability,” soon-to-be House Oversight Committee chair James Comer said to the New York Post.
“Let’s be clear: no amount of Biden White House staff or stonewalling will stop Republicans’ quest for transparency and accountability on behalf of the American people,” he added.
Comer is especially interested in investigating Hunter and his father:
The federal charges facing Hunter Biden are small potatoes.
Hunter & the Biden Family peddled access to enrich themselves to the detriment of American interests. This is a national security threat.
It’s clear Joe was involved. But to what extent?
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) October 7, 2022
The goal presumably is to do what the FBI refuses to do, which is expose the current president’s connections to his son’s shady business dealings.
As previously reported, earlier this week the FBI announced that they now have enough evidence to wring Hunter up on charges of committing tax crimes and making a false statement to purchase a gun.
The problem is these petty charges distract entirely from the broader range of crimes that he AND his family members, including the president, are suspected of having committed.
“This whole issue is really not about Hunter Biden, and if there’s a talk about a plea deal with Hunter Biden, it’s to actually draw the sting away from the allegations, and the allegations are very serious,” famed attorney Harmeet Dhillon noted during a Fox News appearance earlier in the week.
“Dating back to the Obama years, the Biden family has been engaged in serious influence peddling with foreign countries. There are indisputable ties to China, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Romania,” she added.
Discussing the breaking news on @IngrahamAngle that the FBI may be bringing tax & gun charges against Hunter Biden. These allegations, while serious, deflect from the entire scope of the Biden family’s international influence peddling for years. Don’t be fooled, coverup ongoing. pic.twitter.com/ehs2HWHw7m
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) October 7, 2022
Comer plans to look into ALL of this, including Hunter’s finances, as he explained during an appearance last month on Fox News’ “Fox Across America.”
“We will do everything we can to get Treasury to give us those bank records. If they refuse … we will use subpoena power to get those bank CEOs in front of our committee to tell us and the American people, this is why we filed all these suspicious activity reports against Hunter Biden and Jim Biden, Joe Biden’s brother. You know, people forget about him,” he said.
“He’s probably the mastermind of everything. And then we can go from there. Once we have the bank records that show this is why he was flagged for criminal activity, then we can also figure out if 10 percent of that transferred to Joe Biden’s account. Would that make what Bobulinski said to be accurate, that Joe Biden was the Big Guy who was getting a cut of everything? That’s a problem for Biden if that’s the case.”
Comer doubled down during a repeat “Fox Across America” appearance this past Monday.
“You have the audio of the phone message where he was clearly keeping up with press accounts of Hunter and his shady foreign business dealings. Then you also have the emails where his business associate was also handling Joe Biden’s personal finances. And he said that, Joe knew you were getting money in from this and you all need to transfer some funds and things like that. So the bank records are probably going to be very damaging to the president,” he said.
“That’s why the Treasury Department continues to block us from access to the bank violations, which Congress used to have access to until Joe Biden changed the rules. So I think that there are a lot of potential issues for the Biden White House to have to address when it when it comes to Republican majority and Republican oversight because we’re doing a credible, serious investigation over some very serious accusations here that with each passing week, more and more evidence continues to mount.”
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